All about Kybella

FDA approved since 2015, Kybella is an injectable, non-surgical treatment to remove stubborn fat under the chin or on the neck, or pre-jowl sagging without having to undergo surgery. Made of a safe and effective version of deoxycholic acid, Kybella can deliver the desired outcome in as little as 2-4 treatments. Deoxycholic acid is a molecule found naturally within the body that contributes to breaking down dietary fat.

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How does Kybella work?

Kybella safely disrupts submental fat cells and dissolves them permanently by destroying the membrane of a fat cell. Any remaining pieces of disrupted fat cells are naturally absorbed by the body using normal metabolic pathways. When Kybella is injected into the excess fat, the deoxycholic acid destroys the fat cells within the area, making it impossible for fat to be stored there anymore.

What causes a double chin or a “turkey wattle”?

After age 35, the skin starts producing much less collagen and elastin — two chemicals that are necessary for providing support and firmness to skin. Other factors that cause a double chin to develop include weight fluctuations, genetics, and excessive exposure to sunlight. Although you might be able to delay the appearance of a turkey wattle by making lifestyle changes, it will not help much if you’ve noticed that your closest relatives have double chins. Unfortunately, no exercise or type of diet exists that can eliminate neck and chin fat if you inherited this unfortunate trait. Sometimes a treatment like Kybella is the only option to remove it.

What happens during a Kybella treatment?

Before your treatment begins, numbing cream will be applied in the treatment area to keep you comfortable. After this, a temporary tattoo dot grid will be made on your skin to help guide your specialist. The number of injections you’ll receive can vary between 10-30 per session, depending on the severity of your double chin. Some patients feel a mild burning sensation during treatment, but still find the procedure to be very tolerable. Afterward, a compression bandage may be used to help with healing, and your chin may feel a bit tender. You may need 2-4 treatments (spaced around one month apart). Each treatment takes approximately 20 minutes.

Kybella: Remove Neck Fat and Double Chin

Who is a good candidate for Kybella?

If you’re in the San Diego area and you’re considering Kybella treatments, you may be an excellent candidate. The best patient for Kybella:

  • Is at least 18 years old
  • Has a moderate excess fat under the chin or at the neck/jowls
  • Has good skin quality with minimal sagging 
  • Is not obese
  • Understands that Kybella is not a weight loss procedure
  • Has realistic expectations for what Kybella can do

Recovery and results

Recovery time after Kybella is typically limited to a few days, and any pain or swelling can be treated with a cold compress. Swelling is normal after Kybella is administered, and shouldn’t alarm you if it makes the treated area look even larger.

The swelling should hit its peak at 24 hours, and can last up to a few weeks. During recovery, you may also experience mild bruising, burning, or numbness.

Most patients notice results after 2-3 Kybella treatments. Once you’re happy with the results, there’s no need for touch-up treatments, as with dermal fillers or Botox. Once Kybella has destroyed the fat cells, they’re permanently gone.

Why choose Laser Cliniqúe for Kybella?

At Laser Cliniqúe, we provide personalized care and personable service for each and every patient that walks through our door. Founded by Dr. P. Alexander Ataii (the Patients’ Choice Award winner 2007-2020), Laser Cliniqúe has thousands of rave 5-star reviews and is known for being a friendly, passionate, and patient-centered practice that values exceptional results above all else. In fact, it’s the highest 5-star reviewed medical spa in Southern California. For nearly two decades, we have served the beautiful, beachy city of San Diego and its surrounding communities with a range of safe and effective surgical and non-surgical treatments that have helped people feel much more comfortable and confident in their own skin. If you’re in the San Diego area (or are planning to be) and are considering Kybella, we invite you to reach out to us! We look forward to serving you.

FAQ

Can I have Kybella injected into areas other than my chin?

Because you would need much more product to dissolve fat in the thighs, abdomen, hips, and other areas, Kybella is exclusively for removing fat of the double chin area. However, there are many other non-surgical options for removing fat that we offer at Laser Cliniqúe, such as CoolSculpting.

Does Kybella help tighten loose skin?

Although it’s meant to dissolve fat — not tighten it — some individuals who have gotten Kybella have reported a noticeable tightening of their loose skin. However, this is an unintended effect, and will not be experienced by everyone receiving injections

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